Apple’s Steve Jobs Wins Award Despite Absence At MWC

Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs took home one of the most coveted awards in the mobile industry last night at the largest wireless industry event in the world — and yet he wasn’t there to accept it.

Without a doubt, the iPhone has been one of the more influential devices in wireless, but despite its grasp on the industry, Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) does not typically participate in events such as the Mobile World Congress. Instead, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company tends to host its own shows in San Francisco, where it can dominate the spotlight. That didn’t stop the GSMA from awarding Jobs as the “mobile personality of the year” award, as voted by the media.

Last night, the awards were presented by British Actor and Writer Stephen Fry and followed up by a party with music from Duran Duran. Typically, the winners represent what was trendy in 2009. Ironically, the best handset went to the HTC Hero, running Google’s Android operating system. A full list after the jump…

The 2010 Global Mobile Award Winners:

Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough: Orange